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Drug companies race to get FDA approval of alopecia treatment

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Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Hair loss for both men and women comes with not only the obvious physical repercussions, but also often emotional consequences as well, with sufferers wrestling with issues of identity and self-confidence as their appearance is sometimes dramatically altered. The most common type of alopecia, which is very well known is hereditary. Called androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss, it affects 80 million men and women in the United States. Another form of alopecia that is very familiar is drug-induced, often by chemotherapy. Under normal circumstances, this is a temporary hair ... Read More

Deadly Car Crashes Leave Nine Dead in Blount County, Alabama

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Another deadly car crash in north-central Alabama claimed the lives of a Locust Fork woman and two children Wednesday, May 24 – the latest car crash victims in a series of collisions that have occurred in Blount County in a span of 10 days. According to AL.com, Alabama State Troopers said that a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old Blountsville teenage boy left its lane on Alabama 79 at 9:33 a.m. and veered into the path of a Cadillac SRX. The head-on collision killed 47-year-old Locust Fork resident Deanna Whitfield and two of her granddaughters. One of the granddaughters, ... Read More

Xarelto lawsuits mount before second trial


The number of Xarelto lawsuits alleging bleeding injuries are nearing 19,000 with the majority of cases pending in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Other litigation has been established in state courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, California and Missouri. Canada has its own class action filed against the company as well. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer, makers of the blockbuster blood thinner, will face plaintiffs again at the second Xarelto bellwether trial in the MDL in New Orleans. Those suing over Xarelto side effects claim that Janssen and Bayer ... Read More

Next St. Louis talc-ovarian cancer trial to start in June

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It’s been just over two weeks since the conclusion of the last trial in St. Louis against Johnson and Johnson over the ovarian cancer risk connected to its talc-containing products. In that trial the Missouri jury found the company and its talc provider, Imerys, to be responsible for the development of plaintiff Lois Slemp’s ovarian tumors. She had used Johnson and Johnson products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for four decades prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp’s was the fifth bellwether trial to be held in the state, where thousands ... Read More

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement


Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

Whistleblowers Ask 9th Circuit To Reinstate FCA Lawsuit Against Honeywell

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Plaintiffs in a whistleblower lawsuit against military contractor Honeywell International have turned to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a third time in an effort to have their False Claims Act complaint revived. The False Claims Act lawsuit seeks a $45 million recovery for the United States government, alleging that Honeywell falsely inflated its energy savings calculations for work performed under an Army contract. Honeywell’s contract stipulated that the company was not eligible for payment if the energy cost savings on an Alabama-based Army Engineering and Support Center was not shown to reduce actual energy costs. The project involved converting ... Read More

First Xarelto trials are no indicator of final outcome


The first bellwether trial involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto ended up as a win for the defendants, but mass tort consultant John Ray, in an editorial for Mass Tort Nexus said these early trials should not worry those suing Xarelto’s makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer. The first bellwether, which was tried just weeks ago, involved the case of Joseph Boudreaux, who claimed that he suffered serious internal bleeding after taking Xarelto to treat atrial fibrillation. Jurors found that the drug companies were not liable for his injuries. “The simple answer to the question, regarding the defense ... Read More

Publix recalls dip that may contain glass shards

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Check what’s for lunch before digging in. If you have purchased Publix Supermarket Brand Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip, lunch could contain an unwelcome surprise. The grocery chain is voluntarily recalling the dip because it could contain small shards of glass, which would be sure to disrupt a lunch break. The 16-ounce artichoke and spinach dip was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee and was found in the refrigerated cases in the store’s deli department. Purchases with a UPC of 000-41415-15961, and a use-by-date of May 16 A1 and May 16 C1 ... Read More

$110 million verdict links talc to ovarian cancer; Fourth plaintiff win

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Johnson and Johnson has been hit with its biggest talc verdict yet. Yesterday, after 10 hours of deliberations, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $110 million to plaintiff Lois Slemp, who alleged her four decades of daily use of the company’s talc-containing products were responsible for the development of her ovarian tumors. Law360 reports that the jury found in favor of plaintiff Lois Slemp on all of her claims, which included conspiracy, breach of implied warranty and negligence. The defendants, Johnson and Johnson, its Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. unit and its talc supplier, co-defendant Imerys Talc America Inc., ... Read More

ATV Accidents Prove Painful for One, Deadly for Another


In two unrelated ATV accidents last week, two boys younger than 16 were injured, one of them fatally. In Crossville, Alabama, a 2,000 population town, a 13-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident last Friday, the Gadsden Times reports. He was riding a four-wheeler at his grandparents’ house, located on Alabama 227. The driver was without a helmet as he and a female passenger on the back were enjoying the afternoon. The ATV flipped, and the boy was fatally injured. He was pronounced dead on the scene. No information has been released about the girl’s condition, and the name of the ... Read More